“Should I choose school or work after high school – stake my claim and start to earn money now or go to college for a better tomorrow, but start my life four years from now?” This is an age-old question that has been asked by millions of people throughout the years. When choosing “school or work” the answer is not always obvious. Some people have family obligations that need consideration.
Many folks have real family commitments, and the school or work decision might mean that the family will suffer. I understand this issue and have been where you are. I wrote the book “The Busy Adult’s Guide to Making College Happen!” because I faced the same school or work decision that faces you. On one hand, choosing school meant choosing a life of promise for the future, one filled with better employment, better income, more respect and a better overall quality of life for my family. On the other, it also meant that they would have to go without for a little while. Go without new clothes every season, without the best nutrition, without increasingly better living conditions. In short, the school or work choice was not one that I was prepared to make. How could anyone comfortably make the decision to go to school if doing so made things worse for the family? For me there was only one real choice – Evening college.
Evening College vs Online Programs
It took me four and a half years to get a degree. I worked full-time and at the same time was able to pursue my college endeavours at night. When I was in school, back in the late 1990’s, the concept of “distance learning” did not exist – there were no “online degrees.” Those that did not want to choose between school or work automatically went to an evening program at the local university, or they worked off hours and went to school during the day. Even when I wrote the book The Busy Adult’s Guide to Making College Happen! just a few short years ago I warned students “be careful – make sure the online university is accredited,” because at the time, many of the distance learning options were not. Now online universities have become more main stream, so avoiding the school or work showdown is easier than ever!
While there are many (many) online universities I’ve listed eight very interesting options below– in alphabetical order – in order not to show bias toward any single college:
American Intercontinental University – American Intercontinental University is noted for faculty that are leaders in their respective fields. American Intercontinental University offers online Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees;
Ashford University – Founded in 1918, Ashford University is a good choice for those who are pursuing an online degree yet are budget conscience. Ashford U offers Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees;
Capella University – This school is particularly good for career changers. Capella University offers online Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and even Doctor Degrees;
DeVry University – Back in the old days, DeVry University was the college of choice for those that wanted a computer science related degree. Today DeVry offers online Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in many fields;
Grand Canyon University – A college in Christian faith, Grand Canyon University offers online Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees;
Everest University – Recognized as a school with strong post graduation placement capabilities, Everest University offers online Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees;
Ivy Bridge College – Ivy Bridge College offers Associate’s degree programs in many technical specialties such as accounting, computer science and criminal justice;
Kaplan University – As the original provider of standardized test training programs, Kaplan has been around since 1938 in one form or another. Now Kaplan University offers online Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees;
Liberty University – Liberty University is one of the largest online evangelical universities in existence. They offer Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees;
University of Phoenix – Quite possibly the world’s largest online university, the University of Phoenix offers online Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees programs in countless areas;
Walden University – Walden University offers online Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees;
Choosing to pursue a degree is a life changing event, but the student no longer needs to sacrifice everything else just to achieve their goal. Whether you pursue a degree online or at a local college or university, remember that you are not alone and many have successfully traveled the path you are on, including yours truly! Good luck.